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Poster: DeadATL Date: Oct 7, 2008 5:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: New Deadhead

I'm 41 years old and never saw a show. About a year ago I started getting interested in the band after meeting a couple of guys who went to lots (100+).

To be totally frank, I've always been turned off by the drug culture and I believe that prevented me from exploring my interest earlier. But, in middle age, I don't really care if I fit in the scene or not.

For some odd reason, I started my journey by reading. I read the McNally and Scully books; read Hunter's blog; read the annotated lyrics books; etc. Afterwards, I started listening to the music in earnest. In short, I was smitten.

I'm definitely partial to the Godchaux era and I must admit to liking Donna Jean. I saw someone describe her singing as "atonal caterwauling." It works for me.

I like the fact that the lyrics are poetic and not trite like most rock. I like the Americana influence. I like the fact the band members don't seem pretentious. I like the fact I can listen to the music over and over and it never seems to get old.

I live in a typical middle-class suburban neighborhood in Atlanta. And, I've found two neighbors (so far) that are Deadheads. One is contractor - his work van is plastered with Jerry stickers. The other is a pretty young mom who saw 30+ shows in the midwest. Funny.

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Poster: roughyed85 Date: Oct 7, 2008 11:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Welcome aboard! You'll find plenty who'll agree with you and plenty who'll disagree... and you've just found your first arguement!! :-) what's this nonsense about being middle-aged at 41??!!

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Oct 7, 2008 9:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

welcome aboard!!!
this is definitely the place to feed your GD jones!!
Enjoy!

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Poster: amosearle Date: Oct 7, 2008 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

DSO at the Variety Playhouse will be about the closest you can come to a show these days. I missed Black Crows and Phil and Friends in ATL last Sunday... too much happening...Welcome.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Oct 7, 2008 10:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Good to meet you. I don't have the board longevity of William Tell, WHARFRAT, stilldead, and bluedevil, so I can't really say "welcome" in the same way. It's good to hear from another new member to the board, like myself.

I am 36, live the S.F. Bay Area (10 minutes from Brent's hometown in Lafayette, CA). This discussion board community is great, because it's about the common bond of loving the music and the band.

In high school, I would have been way too clean cut to be considered a Dead Head in the '80's sense of the term. I remember well several people in high school that liked to be known as Dead Heads, and I can still hear them blaring Franklin's Tower, Iko Iko, Fire on the Mountain, and Throwing Stones. To be sure, they loved the songs they knew, they loved smoking pot, and they loved wearing tie dies. Meanwhile, I was a big closet fan, listening to the late 60's albums over and over that my oldest brother had in his vast LP collection, and month by month, buying another album to fill out my own GD collection. The archive, and the discussion board, take things to another level altogether. As a long-lost deadhead friend once told me "my friend, when you delve into the Dead, you're opening a Pandora's Box with no end." How true it was!

Maybe you can help me with some 73-76 shows... those years are a definite gap in my knowledge. I've been in a 1979-1985 groove for a long time now, so it's time to discover new frontiers.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 7, 2008 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

yes, as others have stated, welcome to the best (and worst) GD forum on the net; there are "other" places, but only freaks reside there; we here are more of the normal sort; for your own sanity, however, i'd stick to parleying with only those herein who live in the northeast, the cool ones so-to-speak

'68-'72 & '79-'81 GD is all ye need to listen to; and TONS of Jerry Band stuff of course

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Oct 7, 2008 3:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Yep, you better listen to this "normal NE" guy, but if you ever check out any 73, 74, 77 or 78 DEAD - get ready to puke...from dancin your friggin ass off ; )

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Poster: DeadATL Date: Oct 8, 2008 4:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Thanks for all the warm welcomes. I look forward to being a part of the forum.

By the way, I've been listening to Winterland 73 for the last week and I can't get enough! Love it.

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Poster: sambonk Date: Oct 8, 2008 5:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

check out the first shows of 73...maples pavillion at stanford...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 8, 2008 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Welcome DeadATL!

because you're new here I can throw this show at you--my all time favorite, which I've beaten to death like the proverbial horse for all the long-timers here...but since you're a newbie...do yourself a favor and check this out:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-10-29.sbd.miller.92085.sbeok.flac16

also...since you hail from the Atlanta region, check out this truly incredible version of "Candyman" from a show I attended at the Omni in Atlanta in 1988. I've yet to hear a better version.

Welcome, and enjoy the great music!

GC

http://www.archive.org/details/gd88-03-24.sbd.willy.15127.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: spring mountain high Date: Oct 7, 2008 5:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

welcome into the fold...abandon hope all ye who enter...you'll never be normal again!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 7, 2008 7:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Welcome is right. A fan for the Donna area will find many friends here; there are even some outright fans of Donna, though those are fewer. Many of us spend a great deal of time preDonna, and I for one am always going on about 1968, which at some point you should use the search function above (type in "top three" or "top five" or some such and be sure to pick "forum" for the search) and find past discussions in which folks list their top shows and you will find for example, that most everyone here is excited about Feb, Aug, Oct and Dec 68...some fine, early era high energy shows to be had.

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Poster: secret8476 Date: Oct 7, 2008 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Hola and welcome!

I just started posting on the forums myself here about 4 months ago - and i can tell ya there are alot of great people who visit this site. So make yerself at home and feel free to ask some questions. Lots of knowledgable folks 'round here. By the way, my name is Joey and I am from the Chicago area - nice to meet you=)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 7, 2008 8:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

as a Roswell High grad from 1982, welcome. Some of my best memories were made at the Fox (not to mention many shows of other bands at the long lost Agora and 688).

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Poster: DeadATL Date: Oct 8, 2008 5:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

I live very close to Roswell - just across the county line in Cobb. I grew up near Chastain Park.

I was at Tech in the mid/late 80's and I recall the Dead playing the Fox. What a HUGE mistake not seeing them. Man, if I could turn back the clock...

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Oct 7, 2008 4:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Welcome Aboard The Train That Never Stops.

And welcome to the forum, we invite you to join in, share, ask, smile - smile - smile, loose your face once in a while and learn lots.

My name is Jeremy and my family lives in Mableton and Dallas (GA), what little neighborhood do you live in? I might have worked for your neighbor, is his name Joe? I graduated from Kennesaw St 4 years ago (living in Thailand now). There's a ton of cool dead heads in ATL. Have you been to the Variety Playhouse yet? I have seen many awesome Dead related shows there.

Well, I must say, your story is very interesting, sounds cool.

This welcome post would not be complete without a show for you to rock out to, so here it is:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-04-10.sbd.miller.18098.sbeok.shnf

Donna and The Fox -- You're now a pig in shit...

Enjoy!

E-mail me anytime if you have any questions or if you need music on CD/DVD. jopoems(at)hotmail

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Poster: roughyed85 Date: Oct 7, 2008 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

...as opposed to a pig with lipstick...

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Oct 7, 2008 5:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Many a kind folk round here.
Welcome to the place with the best friends you never met.

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Oct 7, 2008 5:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Some of us have met over the past few years, months and perhaps those few times in the beer line at the shows???

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Poster: sambonk Date: Oct 7, 2008 8:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Get on board!!!!This is the place to get great feedback and search out some great music from the boys.Go to the database and just listen to it all.We all have our Fav years and funny stories to tell from tour to tour.One thing I do know,Life without Gd would not be complete.

ENJOY!!!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Oct 7, 2008 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Deadhead

Welcome aboard as Stilldead said. This is a highly entertaining and informative virtual water cooler, have fun and don't be shy.